Thursday, 28 May 2015

Review: Ice Kissed [Kanin Chronicles #2] by Amanda Hocking

Title: Ice Kissed
Author: Amanda Hocking
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Genre: Fantasy
Series: Kanin Chronicles #2
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publication Date: 5th March 2015
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

**Contains minor spoiler from previous book**
My Thoughts
When I found out about this new spin-off series by Amanda I knew I had to read it, and once I closed the pages of Frostfire I could not wait to get hold of Ice Kissed and see what happens next, and as soon as I began reading I knew I was not going to be disappointed.

Ice Kissed picks up after events of first book, Frostfire, with Bryn And Ridley returning home with the bad news that Queen Linnea could not be found. But thier returns sparks a fire, and the King insists that war will be declared against Konstantin and anyone in allegiance with him. this results in a mass training of all trackers. However, after dreaming about Queen Linnea, Bryn is convinced the Queen is alive, but hiding, and seeks out her Mothers help. The conversation they had was serious for them, but also included some comic relief.
She raised an eyebrow at me. "For a magical place that probably doesn't really exist? No, I'm sorry, I don't. It's like asking for specific directions to Narnia." "You just go through the wardrobe to get to Narnia. That's pretty specific."
Now is the point where my review stops with the specific details, and just focuses on my feelings after putting Ice Kissed down.

Ice Kissed was not what I expected, but I mean this in the best possible way. I love the twists and turns that we are taken on with Bryn as she tries to uncover secrets and the lies in Storvatten. There was obviously something going on that they wanted to keep hidden from Bryn and when I thought I had the suspect pinned down, my ideas were blown away when that person was taken out of the running.. But whilst Bryn was in Storvatten I also felt saddened by how the palace was deteriorating. Seeing how she describes the smells of mildew, the peeling wallpapers, and the lack of care and pride in the palace really made me sad. Imagine how amazing an underwater palace would be if it was lived in with pride and respect for it.

As the plot was slowly revealed I did begin to connect a few dots, but I never expected it to end the way it did. I was shocked and cried over the death that completely came out of the blue, I even had to read the paragraph again to make sure I had read it correctly. I do have an idea of why someones personality had changed, and I'm interested in seeing how far this change goes, both for this person alone, and within the palace.

Ice Kissed was a great read from start to finish, and I think I loved this one more than Frostfire.

Final Verdict
Ice Kissed is a great addition to this new series, and not once did it suffer from 'Middle Book Syndrome'. After the ending that we are left with, I need the next book in my hands now.

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